Helping students develop emotional intelligence: The RULER Approach

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RULER is an evidence-based approach to social and emotional learning developed at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. Students learn the skills of emotional intelligence – those associated with Recognizing, Understanding, Labeling, Expressing, and Regulating emotions. RULER helps educators and students develop emotional intelligence so they can make sound decisions, foster healthy relationships, and achieve desired academic outcomes. Parents are also invited to participate in the training so that they can reinforce the emotional skills that students learn at school. RULER’s approach empowers school leaders and teachers to create a genuinely safe space for students to learn and grow.

Research on the RULER program shows positive effects on students’ academic performance and behavior, positive social behavior, and school climate. RULER is also recognized by CASEL as a “SELect” program.